Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.

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Rustic And Repurposed

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

What do you have/use that’s cool and rustic — and maybe even repurposed? Tell us your stories! Here’s what our teamies had to say on this subject!

I have been creating elaborate and simple paintings on plain or ornately hung can lids for years now; I like to decorate, with foods in queue for dinners, to furnish my home using things I already have or acquire through basic living.

Here is an example of my artwork that can function as a fan pull, wind chime, garden tag, or holiday ornament depending on the hanging or mounting system.

Thank you for considering this item and enjoy!

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Eco friendly, Coastal Christmas, Recycled gift, Fan pull, lamp pull, Christmas Ornament

I love the little gift boxes I get from other shops with items that I purchsed –adding a bit of old lace and a gemstone flower and voila — we have a cute little trinket box or to use for your gift giving.

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Silver square green /pink acrylic lace gem stone flower gift box – Victorian design – romantic keepsake – button glitz decor – dragonfly

Get ready for romantic lighting in your old fashioned farmhouse and cottage.

There are 3 candle holders. When I was a child my mother said prayers with a silver candelabra with the lights off.

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Wrought Iron Hand-Forged Candelabra Black Central Roped Candlestick Holder With 2 Arms 3 Footed Table Centerpiece Rustic Farmhouse Decor

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Jim grew up on a farm. We still have several old farm implements that are truly rustic and rusty. This old hay baler hook was found in a beautiful house on several acres. The whole inside of the “shop” walls were just full of wonderful rustic, antique, and rusty implements. We’ve kept some, and few have found their way into the Lazy Y.

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Rusty Hay Balers Hook Farm Implement and Tools Industrial Salvage Farmhouse Rustic Metal Hooks Home Decor

We specialize in creating custom inspired designs for any theme including Rustic and look forward to designing a frame for your next picture perfect moment! We have two sections of our shop dedicated to custom framing including frame designs for any theme occasion, destination, or cause for celebration! Frame your moments and share them with the world!

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Rustic Wedding Arrangement Bouquet Picture Frame (Select Frame Size and Orientation) and then Enter Personalized Text & Font Selection

Many thanks for all the cool entries!

Until next time,

Sheila

Beer And Wine Lovers

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have a few libations from time to time. Most of us tend to like either wine or beer. This love usually follows us in what we create.

What do you have in your shop that relates to beer or wine? Please tell us anything and everything about your item.

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says here is a  beautiful cobalt blue Italian decanter.

Great for entertaining and offering guests wine or liquor. It  has a cork stopper to seal top and is a great vintage barware gift.

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Blue tapered decanter

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said does drinking wine bring out the wild side of you? These WILD looking wine glass charms may just be a perfect fit for you! They not only show you like to have fun, but offer a way for you and others getting wild with you, the opportunity to “mark your territory” and spot your personal glass easily.

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wood beaded wine glass charms

Cerena from CerenaLevene states that who doesn’t enjoy a nice red in a pretty glass?

This card is printed from my original painting that was created to celebrate our fifth year as an international art group, CanvasOrClay which was a great way for artists to come together and create and inspire and critique our art on yahoo groups back in the early days of eBay and AOL

Titled “Here’s to Us”, it is a tribute to friends and fellow artisans coming together to create more than friendships.

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wine enthusiast note card

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says I love a really cold beer on a hot summer day, and enjoy a wine with meals. I also love a bubbly champas when celebrating and having fun!

This handmade ceramic champagne flute is the perfect way to celebrate and would make a great fathers or mothers day gift, 21st birthday or graduation gift or milestone birthday gift!

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Ceramic champagne flutes

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we specialize in creating personalized glassware for any spirit or spirited occasion including beer mugs, beer tasting flights, and craft beer glasses! We encourage our customers to take their enjoyment of spirits and brewing to the next level and create their own personalized glassware set to enjoy and entertain with. Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create a design for your brew! We have an entire shop section devoted to Beer, another devoted to Wine, and a third devoted to Distilled Spirits in addition to the other product canvases we have available in our shop. Make your next gift giving opportunity into a spirited gift giving experience to be enjoyed and put to good use. Please drink responsibly in style, in your own home, and don’t drink and drive!

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Personalized craft beer set

Linda  from LazyYVintage states I love wine. Wine tastings, wine with dinner, wine on the porch talking over our day, wine with friends, and driving trips to find….more wine!

Vintage barware in the Lazy Y is an extension in our love of wine, entertaining, and being entertained. Drop by for a nice white Riesling or sweet Moscato on a summer evening.

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Modern Marvels

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

We wanted to celebrate all things modern and trendy, so we asked our team mates what they offer (and love) that fits in that category — even if they were only modern once upon a time. Here’s what they shared.

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

You can’t get much more modern than cell phones and tablets! This adorable cell phone stylus/charm is a great idea for anyone who has trouble with big fingers and texting!

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Black Adjustable Mini Stylus Charm – Cell Phone Charm – Stylus Beaded Charm – Cell Phone Dust Plug – Technology Tablet Stylus

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

This train case may not appear to be a “modern marvel”, but back in the day, all traveling ladies carried a train case for their personal items such as cosmetics, hygiene/personal care, and prescriptions. Small enough to hold all essentials for travel and still fit on a small airplane, bus, or train compartment.

Today this train case has made a comeback for use by many types of artists. Makeup artists use these convenient train cases for storing their favorite cosmetics for use in the theater, movie sets, and on site filming locations. Painting artists love these cases for storing all their paint brushes, paint tubes and supplies. Ladies are even using their train cases as a handy storage for “handyman” items such as nails, screws, hammers and screwdrivers! So many clever ideas for such a small piece of luggage!

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Vintage Dark Gray Train Case by American Tourister with Tray and Pouch, Artist Cosmetics Makeup Travel Case, Carry On Luggage, Storage

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

Steel was something that once we had it … it took us into the future… high rise buildings… bridges and so much more… steel was a wonderful Modern Marvel that took us far into our modern times.

Here is some crafting corners that have the modern look of steel…

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Picture Corners / Brad Corners / Silver / Stripe Design/ Steel Look

I do not think people back in the days had purse charms! So this is my modern marvel!

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pink/ opalite /jade carved glass flower zipper pulls, journal- planner charms, add on gift bag , Buddha- Zen – lotus, wristlet clip, gift

Lia Altink from Lietjesmarket said:

I make hand made fly bonnets for horses. It started with one for my son and then the unicorns took a flight when I started making them. This is a long model fly bonnet — they are also very popular.

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Long fly bonnet brown, brown flybonnet, long model earbonnet pony, flyveil long brown pink, pink trim, soundless bonnet, fly bonnet horse

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

Mood beads were first seen as a modern miracle and popular fad in the late 1970’s and today mood jewelry is as popular as ever.

So, the idea behind mood jewelry is simple: worn on your wrist, neck or finger the changing color of mood beads reflect the state of your emotions. For example darker shades of blue indicates the wearer is calm or relaxed, purple signals happiness and black suggests stress or anxiety. The real deal? The beads change color in response to the body temperature of its wearer.

The bicone (long cone shape) mood bead in this bracelet utilizes the same tech (thermo-sensitive liquid crystal) as the 70’s mood rings. Since this groovy mood bead changes color with the varying temperature of your skin, this “modern miracle” bracelet is a kaleidoscopic of fun.

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Lightweight Bicone Mood Bead with Honey Hued Resin Boho Bracelet

The pen is still mightier than the sword and the invention of the ballpoint pen is one of the most empowering moments in history! Even in our now digital age, there is something majestic about a handwritten letter. We know the pen will never be outdated and our personalized pen set is making the pen new again as a wonderful gift for any recipient, occasion, and heartfelt moment. Encourage penmanship and inspire the world with your words!

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Personalized Rosewood Pen Set with Engraved Pen Case and Choice of Personalized Pen, Pencil, or Letter Opener (Each – Enter Name & Font)

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Music Boxes Were Popular Back In Time But Today They Are Combined With Glitter and Water. Shake and Play Music!

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Angels Water Globe Music Box I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing 2 Angels With Wings Rose Crowns Pink Heart Arrow Rainbow in Back

Thank you to everyone!

Until next time,

Sheila

Dreamy Details

Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

What do you like to accessorize with, and why? Our teammates shared their favorites with us — and here they are.

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

I love to accessorize with scarf pendants! They can be worn with any scarf and can really add a little character to an outfit.

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Statement Scarf Pendant

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Leaf brooches, vintage leaf brooches are what I wear on all my jackets and coats. I’m just so attracted to them. I guess that is why they end up in the Lazy Y. I have so many!

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Leaf Brooch Gold Toned Costume Jewelry B.S.K Gold Lapel Pin Fall Accessories Vintage Jewelry Stocking Stuffers Circa 1940s Autumn Pin

friedasophie from friedasophie said:

i like to accessorize with very simple pieces that i can sleep in like this piece I made:

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Saturn Oval Open Gold Ring

Bracelets are my preferred accessory. If you have a bold bracelet and earrings to match, you don’t really need much more!

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Wrap Bracelet, Red Bracelet, Beaded Bracelet, Crystal Bracelet, Memory Bracelet, Tassel Bracelet, Bohemian Jewelry

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Easy everyday accessories are light and brightly colored! Like this matching set of earrings and wrist cuff in fabric. Very comfy and casual for a variety of looks.

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Matching Gift Set For Her Wrist Cuff and Fabric Covered Button Earrings Your Choice of One

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

I love gemstones, smoky quartz is one of my favorites!

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Smoky Quartz, Quartz, Sterling Silver Smoky Quartz Necklace, Gemstone Necklace, 8mm Smoky Quartz Necklace, Quartz Necklace, Brown Necklace

 

I love the trendy long necklaces, and quite often I include two necklaces that layer. My favorite is the quartz crystal ball!

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Crystal Ball Necklace Fortune Teller Wire Wrapped Pendant

We love to kick up an outfit a notch or two with a bright and vibrant scarf! This vintage scarf by Vera Neumann is sure to be a topic of conversation with it’s bold graphic design and playful color scheme!

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Vera Neumann Garden Vegetables Large Scarf Wrap Shawl – 1960s Red Black Checks – Womens Fashions Accessories Collectible – Mothers Day Gift

I love jewelry of all types, styles, and colors, trendy, old, Victorian, or modern!

I think a pretty necklace and earrings especially accents outfits nicely!

I make jewelry but also love what others make too and vintage jewelry!

It’s great to add a pop of color to an outfit with some wild jewelry!

Nature themed jewelry is fun, modern, chic, Boho, etc. and can be dressed up or down!

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Butterfly Necklace Hand Made Boho Carved Butterfly Focal Pendant, Rose and Gold Freshwater Pearls, and Sterling Silver Leaf Clasp Woodland

Earrings! I don’t feel dressed without them. I first designed these to replace a pair made from wood my daughter bought me about 10 years ago but which had lost their colour.

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Fuchsia flower earrings,origami flower earrings, flower earrings fuchsia, origami earrings, fuchsia earrings, meaningful jewellery, flowers

I love to add a little bling and functionality to my scarfs with these pretty scarf clips. Not only are they pretty they also hold my scarfs in place.

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5 1/2″ Sweater or Shawl clip with elegant multi-faceted openwork silver and gold tone gold beads. resort-swim wear clip art, unique gift

It’s Time to Feel Dreamy. Get Dressed Up For Wedding or Other Formal Affair and Wear This Silver Rhinestone Wrist Cuff Bracelet. It Shines Like Diamonds. Wedding Are So Much Fun! Especially Dancing. Dance The Night Away Wearing This Dreamy Bracelet!

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Silver Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet Front Opening Floral Design Inch Wide Spring Opening and Closing Statement Bracelet Wedding Attire Gift

Many thanks to all who contributed!

Until next time,

Sheila

Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

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Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

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These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

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Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

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Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

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Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

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Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

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Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

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Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

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Imagination Station

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Remember the old Sesame Street fun about using your imagination? If not, here’s a little reminder: m.youtube.com/watch?v=QZawTyARxp0.

What do you like to imagine? Our teamies shared these items that trigger their imagination. We hope you’ll share your thoughts on this subject too.

Great idea! “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Einstein

I paint animals and flowers, but in my shop occasionally I have something special. This pastel painting I painted for an exhibition titled “Fairy tales of gold”. In many cultures, there is a theme of mythical dragon that guards the treasure. This dragon is scary and the only real hero can get the treasure…

This pastel drawing was presented at my exhibition 2014. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the image shipment.

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Gold dragon eye ABSTRACT Fine Art PASTEL DRAWING on green paper Large Original Animal Fantasy Realistic Modern Art Living room Wall decor

I think that as children we all start out with loads of imagination and somewhere along the way we stuff it in a drawer and become grown ups. Opening up that drawer again and letting it out frees a sense of spirit and joy.

I used to teach creative thinking and I found it was a wonderful way to loosen up the brain, sort of like brain floss. While doing farm chores I often let my mind wander and create stories in my mind – mental gymnastics if you will. The same thing happens when I bring my camera up to my eye (sorry, no cell phone in my house) – I try to see what others might not.

Come on, aren’t you just waiting for a little fairy to pop out of one of these while bells?

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Metallic Print Pure White Lily of the Valley Macro Photograph ~ Metallic Print 16 x 20

I love babies and children. I used to teach in an occupational therapy setting in schools for learning disabled children. Many prospered to go on to regular education as parents imagined they would with a little jump start. I have one grand baby and one on the way. I imagine a house full of grand babies!! I dreamed of one last night!

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Child’s Face Plate 8 Inch Dish Shaped as a Child’s Head Light Brown Curly Yellow Head Band Blue Eyes Child’s Room Decor Display Gift

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said:

Imagination is what makes the world go round. Well, it does in my life. here is a piece that I made using precious metal clay. it is strung on pink rubies and has a flower in the hand and a small golden bee.

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Ruby Necklace Fine Silver Recycled Silver 999 One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs – PMC

Until next time,

Sheila